If the prediction is true, Kansas can expect its lowest mid-term election voter turnout in the last 18 years.

If the prediction is true, Kansas can expect its lowest midterm election voter turnout in the last 18 years.

On Friday, Kansas Secretary of State Chris Biggs predicted that 47.5 percent of the state’s registered voters will cast a ballot in the Nov. 2 general election.

That would be down from the 52 percent turnout the state saw in 2002 and 2006.

In addition, Biggs also released the statewide voter registration totals. After the Oct. 18 cutoff to register to vote in the Nov. 2 election, there were 1.725 million in the state registered to vote. That is an increase of over 72,000 since the last mid-term election in 2006.

There are 766,420 Republicans and 460,240 Democrats that are registered to vote with 486,985 unaffiliated.

As of early Friday, Biggs said there were 191,083 advanced ballots that have been mailed out with 126,119 being returned and an additional 53,284 ballots that have been cast at satellite voting locations.

“Advance Voting continues to grow in popularity,” said Biggs. “For those who can’t make it to the polls on Election Day or for those who simply want the convenience of voting on their own time Advance Voting is increasing turnout by making our election more accessible.”

In 2008, approximately 20 percent (75,384) of the total ballots cast (371,121) were from advanced ballots.

If the actual totals for the Nov. 2 election are the same as the predicted turnout, the general election will see a lower percentage of voters and lower actual number of voters than in previous midterm elections.

“This is an important election year for Kansas citizens,” said Biggs. “All statewide offices, the four US congressional seats, and one of the state’s two senate seats are on the ballot. There are also two constitutional questions to be decided. Although the predicted is less than 48 percent turnout, I again challenge Kansans to go to the polls and prove me wrong.”

Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140